21_cruisin_1198LET IT BE RED  – Car hop Mikel Martin takes an order on Saturday at the Main Drive In as The Other Guys Cruisin’ Association (Great Falls) celebrated Cruise Day. Over 35 classic cars and rods from Great Falls and the surrounding area were on hand for the final day of the season for the Drive In. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler

The Conrad Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the annual Harvest Festival & Motor Show on Oct. 1.

This year’s event features Wylie Gustafson of Wylie and the Wild West-sponsored by Eagle Beverage and the Pondera Tavern Association-performing a solo show on Main Street from 12:30 – 4 p.m.

The Harvest Parade will begin at 12 p.m., followed by the Harvest Motor Show from 12:30–4 p.m.  The community is welcome to enter the parade and the Motor Show, as there is no registration fee and trophies will be awarded in the following categories: Best of Show, Best Original Car, Best Original Pickup, People’s Choice Car, People’s Choice Pickup, and Best pre-30’s.  The Chamber also invites vendors to set up a booth on Main Street from 11–4 p.m.  All are welcome to participate but must register with the Chamber prior to Oct. 1.


New to this year’s events is a Pie Making Contest.  All types of pies are welcome, so use your imagination and show off your culinary skills!  Judging will take place at the Lobby Restaurant from 12-3  p.m.  Also new to this year’s events is Rubber Duck Races.  Entries will be separated into the adult category – in which ducks cost $5/duck – and the kid’s category – in which the price is “a duck for a buck!”  Ducks will be available for sale at the Chamber in advance and also at the Chamber booth on Oct. 1.


Returning this year is the ever-popular Chili Cook-Off, taking place from 12–3 p.m.  The Cook-Off is open to individuals or businesses vying for bragging rights of the traveling trophy as well as 40 percent of the gross proceeds.   Also returning this year is the Kiss N` Squeal Pig Kissing Contest, so if you know someone who would be a good sport put them in “hog heaven” and nominate them (or yourself) to kiss the pig.

To participate in Harvest Festival events or for more information, contact the Conrad Chamber at 271-7791.

In addition to Chamber-hosted events, the Pondera History Association is hosting a Harvest Dance on Sept. 30 at Norley Hall with music by Up North.  For more information contact Betty Olson at 278-7769.  Also on Sept. 30, the Pondera Golf Club is having Comedy Night featuring Claude Stuart, with the pre-comedy social beginning at 7 p.m. and the show at 9 p.m.

On Oct. 1, there will be a Crop-Walk to raise awareness about hunger.  Registration is 8:45 a.m. at Legion Park, and you can contact Keri VanDyke at 450-6390 to learn more.  Also on Oct. 1, the Pondera Arts Council is bringing the Spokane Melody Singers for a concert at the Orpheum at 7 p.m., and Ed’s Tavern will have live music by Hell City Kitty and Slimcognito starting at 8:30 p.m.

On Oct. 2, there will also be a benefit four-person scramble at the Pondera Golf Club to raise money for I-O Editor Buck Traxler as he recovers from triple bypass surgery.  A fundraising lunch will be sponsored by Custom Crop Care. Big Ox BBQ will have a pulled-pork dinner with homemade french fries, beans and coleslaw for $5 or a free-will offering. The public is welcome to come enjoy the food, music and to purchase tickets for the raffles.